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Poster: k-otic Date: Dec 28, 2010 12:50am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sinister Cinema FAKE copyright claims.

Well lets face it sites like the internet archive do destroy the business plans for companies like alpha video, sinister video and co.
Without sites like the internet archive they would earn much more money with the public domain movies they sell.
The problem is that we all need sources where we can get those movies from (I personaly only own 5 original 35 mm prints from the 1930´s)
I have no idea who made all those video tapes i use as source for my uploads here (I got them, mainly for free, years ago from some libraries/video stores)

Should I (as uploader) be concerned about legal action against me or the internet archive ?

I don´t like to see pages like this when i try to browse archive.org in the future :)


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Poster: Video-Cellar Date: Dec 28, 2010 1:48am
Forum: feature_films Subject: Re: Sinister Cinema FAKE copyright claims.

Nothing really to worry about. The mechanical reproduction of an old public domain movie, exactly as it appears on the film, can't be copyrighted. It's really only when they add something to the film (or take something away in the case of pan & scan for widescreen films) that they can genuinely claim copyright. So, whether it's from the film print or a video/DVD copy of the film print, it's safe as long as its the original movie.

This post was modified by Video-Cellar on 2010-12-28 09:48:43